Healthy Paleo Black Forest Smoothie (Cherries and Cacao)

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It's a good job that cacao is a superfood. Because it's one way I can get my chocolate fix, you know, while still being really healthy. 

This smoothie came to my mind when I started to reminisce about all the foods I ate as a child. And boy, did my family have a thing for Black Forest Gateaux. 

Well, it was the 1980s. 

They were always the frozen versions bought in a little box from the supermarket, and I remember Mum would ease the delicately iced frozen block from its plastic case and leave it on a plate to defrost, in time for Sunday pudding. 

Now I try to eat a diet full of unprocessed, real foods, I found a legit way to go giddy over the taste of one of those Black Forest Gateaux. Make a smoothie. And then you can totally enjoy it for breakfast, too. Win. 

Sweet, frozen black cherries for their colour and flavour. Cacao for its rich, heady chocolate-like scent. A splash of coconut milk for creaminess. And a banana to add texture. I love it. I went ahead and grated it with dark chocolate, too and topped with a couple more frozen cherries because they melt and soften in the smoothie. Love it. 

Healthy Paleo Black Forest Smoothie (Cherries and Cacao)
Serves 1

big handful frozen sweet dark cherries, plus a couple for the topping
1 small banana, peeled
1 tablespoon cacao powder
splash of coconut milk
splash of cold, filtered water
grated dark chocolate (optional)

Place all the ingredients in the jug of a blender or blend in a jug with a stick blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and add the extra frozen cherries and sprinkle with the grated chocolate. Drink cold. 

See me making this on my You Tube Channel - just search for joromerofood and subscribe for all the new videos - I'll be posting every week from now on. 

Looking for AIP and paleo dessert recipes? Check out the ebooks We Can All Scream for Ice Cream and AIP and Paleo Holiday Sweet Treats - remember - on a healing diet desserts are for treats rather than every day :) 


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